Children’s Theatre 2016
A fully te reo Māori children’s play by Kahu Hotere, Whakaahuatia Mai is a light-hearted journey into the world of whanaungatanga. Travelling to his marae for the tangi of his kuia, eleven-year old Miharo discovers the beauty of tikanga, the importance of tangihanga and the aroha of his whakapapa. Whakaahuatia Mai is touring schools and venues nationwide for nine weeks as part of Taki Rua’s Te Reo Māori Season – a project challenging the steady decline of te reo Māori speakers in Aotearoa.
Kahu Hotere’s Whakaahuatia Mai shows a moment of discovery for Miharo, a young boy who must share his birthday with the passing of his kuia. Through his time on the marae he discovers the beauty of tikanga, the importance of Tangihanga and gains a deeper understanding of his whakapapa.
Originally directed by Nancy Brunning for the 2004 Te Reo Māori Season, Taki Rua has revived the hit Whakaahuatia Mai for the 2016 tour. With the script redeveloped for a new generation of students, the show’s themes of whanaungatanga and reconnecting with whakapapa remain as important as ever.
Miharo is anxiously anticipating his 11th birthday party. As time counts down, he can barely contain his excitement – until just before the celebrated event, when his whānau receive a phone call. An old kuia has passed away, and Miharo is forced to put his birthday on hold so the family can attend her Tangi up north.
The production was developed and rehearsed in Wellington for four weeks before embarking on a nine week national tour. Whakaahuatia Mai will visit schools in and around Wellington, Gisborne, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Whanganui, Taranaki, Tauranga, Whakatane, Auckland, Nelson, Kaikoura, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Alongside school performances, Whakaahuatia Mai will perform koha-entry whanau shows at marae and community spaces while touring. These shows allow entire families and others outside the classroom to share in the production.